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Third woman enters flashpoint Indian temple

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Indian police said Friday that a third woman has defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism's holiest temples, …

US job creation vaults higher in December

AFP - Jan 04 2019

US job creation rocketed higher last month, a jolt of unexpected good news for President Donald Trump as his economic …

EU 'golden' visas in spotlight as Portuguese trial concludes

AFP - Jan 04 2019

A court in Portugal is to deliver verdicts Friday in a corruption trial linked to so-called "golden" visas granted to …

Tourists hunker down as Storm Pabuk lashes Thailand

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk struck the kingdom, forcing airports and …

Pujara, Pant centuries put India in command of Sydney Test

AFP - Jan 04 2019

A marathon century by Cheteshwar Pujara and a swashbuckling ton from Rishabh Pant all but ended Australia's hopes of …

Ghosn set for court hearing in Japan over detention

AFP - Jan 04 2019

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is likely to appear in a Japanese court next Tuesday to hear the reasons for his …

Tourists hunker down as Storm Pabuk hurtles towards Thailand

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Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk carved its way towards the kingdom, …

India arrests 750 in flashpoint temple clashes

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Two days of violent protests in south India sparked by two women entering one of Hinduism's holiest temples have seen …

'Asylum-seeking' N. Korea envoy from diplomatic family, says defector

AFP - Jan 04 2019

A North Korean diplomat in Italy said to be seeking asylum is from a "prestigious diplomatic family" with both his …

China could put reforms on hold to boost economy: analysts

AFP - Jan 04 2019

President Xi Jinping hailed China's "reconstructive reforms" in a New Year speech, but the sorely needed changes could …

Democrats seize US House control, but shutdown impasse remains

AFP - Jan 04 2019

US Democrats swept back to power Thursday in the House of Representatives with veteran Nancy Pelosi at the helm, but …

Speaker Pelosi takes the gavel as divided US Congress convenes

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US Democrats swept back to power Thursday in the House of Representatives with veteran Nancy Pelosi at the helm, but …

Tourists hunker down as Storm Pabuk has Thailand in its sights

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Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk edged closer, forcing airports and …

Modern witch-hunts terrorise New Guinea highlands

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A spate of brutal witch-hunts has plunged parts of Papua New Guinea's highlands into a state of terror, as fearful …

In Siberia, Chinese demand for prehistoric tusks fuels 'mammoth rush'

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Crouching near a wooden shed in his snowy backyard, Prokopy Nogovitsyn lifts up a grey tarpaulin and takes out a …

US team to visit China for trade talks

AFP - Jan 04 2019

A US government delegation will visit China next week for the first face-to-face talks since President Donald Trump and …

Drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb to buy Celgene in $74bn deal

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New York-based pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb on Thursday announced it would buy US biotech firm Celgene in a …

Five things we learned from the Premier League's festive season

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Liverpool emerged from the Premier League's packed festive season with a four-point lead at the top of the table, …

Man City snap Liverpool's unbeaten run to reignite title race

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Manchester City won a "final" according to manager Pep Guardiola to remain in the title race by inflicting Liverpool's …

Arrest of French 'yellow vest' leader sparks outrage

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One of the leaders of the "yellow vest" demonstrations in France was detained by police in Paris, signalling a harder …

Democrats seize House control as divided US Congress gets to work

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The new US Congress convened Thursday with Democrats controlling the House of Representatives, marking a dramatic power …

Tourists flee Thai islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk closes in

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Tens of thousands of tourists have fled some of Thailand's most popular islands and resort areas as Tropical Storm Pabuk …

US stocks tumble on Apple, manufacturing data

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Wall Street was heading for another rout early Thursday following a gloomy forecast from Apple and weak US manufacturing …

Democrats to take on Trump as divided US Congress gets to work

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Democrats take over the US House of Representatives on Thursday, ushering in a new era of divided government in …

Democrats to take on Trump as divided US Congress arrives in Washington

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Democrats on Thursday took over the US House of Representatives, ushering in a new era of divided government in …

Fresh clashes in India temple dispute

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Clashes broke out in southern India for a second day Thursday as Hindu hardliners went on the rampage, seeking to …

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

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Saudi Arabia's attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist …

North Korean diplomat in Italy 'seeking asylum'

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North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has sought asylum and gone into hiding, Seoul lawmakers told reporters after a …

China lands probe on far side of moon in world first

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A Chinese lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first that boosts Beijing's ambitions …

N. Korean diplomat in Italy 'in hiding': South's spy agency

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North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding, a Seoul lawmaker told reporters after a closed-door meeting …

Fresh clashes in deadly India temple dispute

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Clashes erupted between Hindu hardliners and police in the southern state of Kerala for a second day Thursday, after two …

George ignores boo boys as Thunder sink Lakers

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Paul George shrugged off a chorus of boos to score 37 points and lead Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-100 victory over …

China's 'Jack the Ripper' executed

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A serial killer dubbed China's "Jack the Ripper" for the way he mutilated several of his 11 female victims was executed …

China lands probe on far side of moon: state TV

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A Chinese lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first that boosts Beijing's ambitions …

Tourists flee Thai islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk looms

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Tens of thousands of tourists have fled the Thai resort islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in a mass exodus ahead of …

Trump warns US government shutdown could last a 'long time'

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US President Donald Trump met top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday, but they failed to hammer out an agreement that …

One dead, 15 injured after women enter flashpoint India temple

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One person was killed and at least 15 injured in violence across southern India's Kerala state which broke out after two …

Chewing the fat with Pakistan's BBQ masters

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The sweet aroma of mutton smoke drifts through a maze of crumbling alleyways, a barbecue tang that for decades has lured …

US clergy abuse survivors demand inclusion in Vatican reforms

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Patricia Gallagher Marchant was first abused by a priest who befriended her family when she was seven or eight years …

North Korean diplomat seeking asylum in Italy: report

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North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has sought asylum, a report said Thursday, in what would be another high-profile …

Disney hauls in $7.325 billion at box office in 2018

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Disney posted its second best year at the box office ever, raking in $7.325 billion worldwide for everything from "Black …

WADA athletes body seeks Russia ban over missed deadline

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The World Anti-Doping Agency's Athletes Committee on Wednesday demanded Russia be hit with new sanctions over its …

Never let me go: Solskjaer wants to stay as Man United boss

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Matt Busby in the Manchester United record books in his team's 2-0 win at Newcastle on …

NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

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Four billion miles from the sun floats Ultima Thule, an icy celestial body that NASA scientists announced Wednesday is …

Apple cuts outlook, sees 'challenges' in China, emerging markets

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Apple cut its revenue outlook for the latest quarter Wednesday, citing steeper-than-expected "economic deceleration" in …

Shanahan takes Pentagon helm as Trump blasts Mattis

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Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's first full day at the Pentagon's helm was overshadowed Wednesday when …

Netflix draws fire for blocking satire critical of Saudi Arabia

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Netflix drew fire from human rights activists Wednesday after agreeing to block an episode of a satirical comedy show …

Syria is 'sand and death,' Trump says

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered a rather stark take on the situation in war-wracked Syria, summing it up …

Rescuers pull more bodies from rubble of Russian gas explosion

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Rescuers hunted for survivors Wednesday in the rubble of a Russian apartment building wrecked by a New Year's Eve gas …

Trump says received 'great' letter from N. Korea's Kim

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US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he had received a "great letter" from Kim Jong Un, after the North Korean …

Trump to meet lawmakers in bid to end government shutdown

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A partial shutdown of the US government entered a 12th day Wednesday as President Donald Trump prepared to meet top …

Six dead in rail accident on wind-battered Danish bridge

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Six people were killed Wednesday after debris apparently from a cargo train smashed into a passenger train in high …

Clashes after women enter flashpoint Indian temple

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Protests and violence erupted in southern India on Wednesday after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of …

Clashes women enter flashpoint Indian temple

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Violence erupted in southern India on Wednesday after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism's …

Report claims fraud in Frenchwoman's 'oldest-ever' world record

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A record held by a Frenchwoman as the world's longest living person could be fraudulent and involve an identity swap, …

Six dead in Danish train accident

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Six people were killed Wednesday and an unspecified number were injured in a train accident on a bridge connecting two …

'Purification' rite after women enter flashpoint Indian temple

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The high priest of one of India's holiest temples carried out a "purification ritual" on Wednesday after two women …

Zverev, Kerber put Germany on track for Hopman final

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Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber steered Germany closer to a second successive Hopman Cup final after winning their …

14 confirmed dead in Russia high-rise blast

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Fourteen people are confirmed dead from the New Year's Eve explosion at a high-rise in central Russia, local officials …

Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution amid challenges and change

AFP - 9h ago

Cuba, long a source of inspiration for leftist Latin American governments, celebrated the 60th anniversary of its …

Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage

AFP - 7h ago

Bopha should be in school but instead toils seven days a week in a searing brick kiln on the outskirts of Phnom Penh -- …

UK 'terrorist' stabbing suspect held under mental health law

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A British probe into a stabbing at a Manchester railway station on New Year's Eve which injured three people is being …

Rescuers pull 'miracle' baby from collapsed Russian building

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Russian rescuers Tuesday pulled a baby boy hurt but alive from the ruins of an apartment building where he spent the …

Kim warns N. Korea could consider change of tack

AFP - Jan 01 2019

Nuclear-armed North Korea wants good relations with the US but could consider a change of approach if Washington …

New Brazil leader Bolsonaro targets crime, leftwing 'ideology'

AFP - Jan 01 2019

Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro declared a crusade against crime, corruption and leftwing ideology as he …

New Brazil President Bolsonaro takes aim at crime, corruption

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Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro declared a crusade against crime, corruption and leftwing ideology as he …

WADA confirm Russia misses Moscow doping lab deadline

AFP - Jan 01 2019

Russia faced up to the possibility of renewed sporting sanctions on Tuesday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) …

'Total joke': USADA chief urges WADA to reinstate Russia ban

AFP - 1h ago

US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to reinstate the ban on Russia, calling the …

'We have a healthy spacecraft': NASA succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

AFP - 24h ago

NASA rang in the New Year on Tuesday with a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body …

Taliban kill 21 Afghan security forces, threaten city: official

AFP - Jan 01 2019

Taliban fighters killed more than 20 Afghan security forces in simultaneous raids on a provincial capital and district …

UK police probe Manchester knifings as 'terrorist' attack

AFP - 7h ago

A British police probe into a triple stabbing at a Manchester railway station on New Year's Eve which injured three …

Rescuers pull baby alive from Russian block after gas blast

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Russian rescuers on Tuesday pulled a baby boy alive from the ruins of an apartment block that collapsed in a gas …

Federer gets bragging rights over Williams in hugely anticipated match

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Roger Federer took the honours in the much-anticipated mixed doubles clash with fellow great Serena Williams in what the …

Collapse 'threat' halts hunt for survivors of Russia high-rise blast

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Russian rescuers have been forced to temporarily halt the search for dozens of missing people in the rubble of a …

Big Apple joins in ringing in New Year after rough 2018

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New York City's iconic crystal ball dropped as usual and rain-soaked crowds in Times Square cheered and smooched in …

NASA rings in New Year with historic flyby of faraway world

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NASA rang in the New Year on Tuesday with a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body …

Democrat Warren enters 2020 White House race

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Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren -- an outspoken critic of Wall Street and nemesis of Donald Trump -- entered the …

Fireworks blast in 2019 worldwide after turbulent year

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Revelers welcomed 2019 on Tuesday with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across …

NASA speeds toward historic flyby of faraway world, Ultima Thule

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NASA counted down Monday to a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored …

UK counter-terror police probe Manchester knife attack

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British counter-terrorism police were investigating a multiple stabbing in which the suspect reportedly shouted "Allah" …

Britain can 'turn a corner' in 2019: PM

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Prime Minister Theresa May said in her New Year's address Monday that Britain can turn a corner in 2019 and move forward …

World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

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Revellers welcomed 2019 with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across the globe …

NASA spaceship zooms toward distant Ultima Thule

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A NASA spaceship is zooming toward the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by …

Trump appears to slow Syria troop pullout plan

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President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack Monday on shock plans for an immediate pullout of US troops from Syria, but …

Sydney, Hong Kong kick off 2019 parties with dazzling fireworks

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Sydney and Hong Kong put on stunning fireworks displays to welcome to the New Year, among the first in a wave of …

Britain sends ships to tackle migrant crossing surge

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Britain announced Monday it will deploy two border patrol ships in the Channel in response to a surge in migrants …

Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution amongst challenges and change

AFP - 22h ago

Cuba will celebrate 60 years of revolution on Tuesday amidst economic crises and political reforms, the first time it …

Bangladesh PM says 'conscience is clear' as opposition claims election rigged

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday rejected calls for a new vote after being declared landslide winner in …

Tense DR Congo counts vote in presidential poll

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A marathon vote count got underway on Monday in DR Congo, central Africa's unstable giant, for presidential elections …

Hunt for dozens missing in deadly Russia high-rise blast

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Rescuers hunted for survivors on Monday after a gas explosion tore through a high-rise residential building in central …

Trump softens Syria pullout schedule but claims 'hero' status

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President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack Monday on shock plans for an immediate pullout of US troops from Syria, but …

Malta rescues 180 migrants as weather deteriorates

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Malta on Monday pulled 180 migrants to safety from two boats in distress, while 49 more were stuck in limbo at sea as …

Sydney kicks off global 2019 parties with dazzling spectacle

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Australia's largest city Sydney put on its biggest-ever fireworks display in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, …

Mayweather floors Japan's Nasukawa in just two minutes

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Floyd "Money" Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout Monday after just …

NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

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A NASA spaceship is zooming toward the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by …

Mayweather beats Japan's Nasukawa by technical knockout

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Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout on Monday in the first …

Afghan football boss denies sex abuse claims

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Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim on Monday rejected allegations he sexually and physically abused members of the …

Hunt for survivors as Putin rushes to scene of deadly high-rise blast

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Rescuers hunted for survivors on Monday after a gas explosion tore through a high-rise residential building in central …

Disgraced comic Louis C.K. mocks school massacre survivors

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US comedian Louis C.K., whose glittering career famously tanked after he admitted to sexual misconduct, was in the …

Sydney to kick off global New Year parties with dazzling spectacle

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Australia's largest city Sydney will put on its biggest-ever fireworks display to welcome the New Year and kick off a …

4 dead, dozens missing after gas explosion hits Russia high-rise

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Four people were killed and nearly 70 unaccounted for after a gas explosion tore through a residential building in …

3 dead, 79 missing after gas explosion rocks Russia high-rise

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Three people were killed and another 79 were unaccounted for after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in …